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Mum to face trial for the murder of her baby

By Alan Erwin

Published 17/09/2015

A woman charged with murdering her baby has been ordered to stand trial.

The 32-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday for a hearing to determine if she has a case to answer.

The defendant, who cannot be named due to reporting restrictions, was arrested following an incident more than a year ago.

She was then charged with murder and initially detained under the Mental Health Act.

The accused was initially held in a psychiatric ward, but has since been moved to a prison.

Appearing in the dock, she confirmed that she understood the charge against her.

A Public Prosecution Service lawyer argued that the woman had a prima facie case to answer.

Counsel for the accused made no contrary submissions, and the accused declined to call witnesses or give evidence at this stage.

Backing prosecution contentions, District Judge Fiona Bagnall ordered her to be returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.

The accused was remanded back into custody to appear again for arraignment on a date yet to be fixed.

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